Nuke deal insulting and dangerous: Pandhe

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Bhopal, Sep 14 (UNI) Senior Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader M K Pandhe today said there would be no compromise on the Indo-US 123 Nuclear Agreement and the Left had clearly told the United Progressive Alliance that it had to decide whether it wished to continue running a government at the Centre.

''The deal is insulting and dangerous. The majority of Indian MPs are against it,'' the CPI(M) Politburo member told reporters here.

When asked if he was ready for a decisive initiative to withdraw support from the Government, he said that the regime postponed the Agreement's implementation by a month.

''The communist parties will wait and then determine their strategy as per the Government's later stance. There is no question of compromise. One of the deal's conditions is that India's foreign policy must dovetail with that of the US and another is that US legislators would be informed every year on whether India's stance is in accordance with the Hyde Act,'' Mr Pandhe alleged.

If either condition is violated, then fissile fuel supply would be halted. In such a situation what would become of the reactors that are to be set up expending crores of rupees, he wondered.

''The Prime Minister has said that, by 2020, 7 per cent of the country's total power supply would came from nuclear energy while the present figure is 3 per cent. That will not be a paradigm shift. As part of my party's countrywide campaign against the Agreement, four groups converged here today after conducting meetings in about 40 districts of this state,'' Mr Pandhe added.


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